The relationship between independence, inclusion and wellbeing: the perspective of older citizens living in Coventry, UK

John Woolham, E. Hughes, G. Daly

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    Abstract

    Independence inclusion and wellbeing are commonly seen in a complementary relationship in policy and research literature. This paper examines the meaning of these terms for older citizens living in Coventry and the implications for policy implementation. The data presented, obtained from a large community survey of citizens of 55 years and over living in Coventry, found that although most survey participants were able to function independently, participate in ordinary community life and enjoyed reasonable physical and mental health, many others experienced a series of significant barriers to inclusion and well-being. The paper concludes that there is there is no automatic convergence between independence, inclusion and well-being at the level of the individual citizen and that to address this issue, more socially inclusive rather than individualistic forms of independence may be more appropriate goals for local public agencies.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)3-21
    JournalResearch, Policy and Planning
    Volume30
    Issue number1
    Publication statusPublished - 2013

    Keywords

    • older people
    • inclusion
    • independence
    • wellbeing

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